China Hyway due to deliver Angola’s Moçâmedes railroad in October

5 September 2014

Completion and final delivery of the reconstruction project of the Moçâmedes Railroad (CFM), which began in 2006, is scheduled for next October, said Thursday the president of the management company, Daniel Quipaxe.

Quipaxe also told Angolan news agency Angop that reconstruction of the line connecting the provinces of Namibe/Huila and Kwando Kubango included the construction and modernisation of 56 stations, telecommunications systems and lighting along 860 kilometres of railway line.

“The contractor is almost in the final stage of the work and everything points the delivery of a large part of the rebuilt and modernised infrastructure will begin in October, after work that lasted nearly eight years,” he said.

The president of Caminho-de-Ferro de Moçâmedes said that at present, Chinese company China Hyway is completing the construction of over 600 homes along the railway route between the city of Namibe (the current name of Moçâmedes) and Menongue.

Work to build the Moçâmedes railroad linking the coastal town of Namibe to Menongue, the capital of Kwando Kubango province in eastern Angola, began on 28 September, 1905 and was completed on 6 December, 1961.

The line is 860 kilometres long in total, including branch lines to the old mining areas of Jamba and Cassinga.

The contractor of this construction project is one of 16 subsidiaries of the group with the same name, based in Beijing, which operates in various sectors, particularly in construction of roads, railway lines and railway bridges. (macauhub/AO/CN)